Books for Everyone, Canadian, CTV Your Morning, Early Readers, Fantasy, Funny Books, Graphic Novel, middle grade, multicultural cast, picture book, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, YA

As Seen on CTV Your Morning: 10 Books That Make Great Gifts

It won't surprise anyone that I think that books make the best gifts, not just because of the great stories, information, or art they contain, but because when you give a book as a present you're also giving the gift of time. Whether it's time cuddled up with a loved one sharing a story or… Continue reading As Seen on CTV Your Morning: 10 Books That Make Great Gifts

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Early Readers, Events, Funny Books, News, picture books, Readalouds, Storytime, Teddy Bear of the Year

Telling Tales Storytelling Picnic Video is Now Online!

Like so many other festivals and event series, the Telling Tales Festival has gone virtual this year. The program has been parceled into 13 online episodes, available on-demand once they've premiered. Each episode features a variety of the kind of quality, Canadian programming one expects from Telling Tales, including author talks, writing workshops, musical performances… Continue reading Telling Tales Storytelling Picnic Video is Now Online!

Animal Stories, Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Early Readers, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Magic, middle grade, multicultural cast, Personal Faves, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations

CTV Your Morning Holiday Picks

With the season of gift giving just around the corner, this segment's list is based on popular activities or hobbies kids might have that might not at first glance have anything to do with books. Whether the kids in your life like lego, hockey, drawing, or video games, here are some books that will be… Continue reading CTV Your Morning Holiday Picks

Animal Stories, Author Interview, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Early Readers, Funny Books, Ghost story, Magic, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, Personal Faves, picture books, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive LGBT characters, Uncategorized

CTV Your Morning Kids’ Book Picks: Sept 13, 2019

At this time of year, kids are settling into new routines, battling back to school anxiety, and juggling homework, activities, and so much more. Reading can provide a much-needed moment of zen, a time to wind down and escape. Check out the video here, or read on to find out more: Picture Books, Ages 3-7… Continue reading CTV Your Morning Kids’ Book Picks: Sept 13, 2019

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Early Readers, Events, Fantasy, Funny Books, Magic, multicultural cast, picture book, poetry, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized, Writing

IF I HAD A GRYPHON: EVENTS!

What's in the bag? Do you know any young pet detectives who could help me solve a magical mystery? I've been gathering props and breaking out the vocal exercises all in preparation for events and storytimes across Ontario for IF I HAD A GRYPHON. Come join me (and maybe a magical creature or two) on… Continue reading IF I HAD A GRYPHON: EVENTS!

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Contests, Early Readers, Fantasy, Funny Books, Magic, multicultural cast, picture book, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized, Writing

Giveaway: If I Had a Gryphon

We are a month away from the release of my first picture book, If I Had a Gryphon (Tundra Books, February 9/16). In this primer on magical pet care, Sam deliberates the pros and cons of raising a series of fantastic beasts, including unicorns, gryphons, krakens, hippogriffs and many more! Here are what people are saying… Continue reading Giveaway: If I Had a Gryphon

American contemporary, Animal Stories, Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Early Chapter Books, Early Readers, friendship stories, Funny Books, Magic, middle grade, Personal Faves, Positive LGBT characters, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized, YA

My Favourite Books of 2015

Every time I start a year in review list I am overwhelmed by the number of amazing books out there. I always intend to pick one or two books per category but it is much, much too difficult. What follows is a mere sliver of the fabulous books I read and loved this year, which… Continue reading My Favourite Books of 2015

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Chapter Books, Classics, Early Readers, friendship stories, Funny Books, middle grade, Personal Faves, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations

Middle Grade Monday: The Story of Diva and Flea Review

I picked up the charming The Story of Diva and Flea  from Book Culture  while acting out my Kathleen Kelly fantasies in New York. It had been on my list for awhile (because Mo Willems) but with Paris so front-of-mind it felt particularly poignant. At its heart, this story is about making new friends, and how those… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: The Story of Diva and Flea Review